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1998 Artist of the Year - Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
In 1998, Tony was named Artist of the Year by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts - the first filmmaker so honored. The Artist of the Year exhibition was started by the Center in 1949 and the list of honorees includes the most influential Pittsburgh artists of the second half of the 20th Century. In selecting Tony as the 45th Artist of the Year, PCA curator Vicky A. Clark said: "(when the selection committee) came in and looked at Tony as an artist, he was the unanimous choice."
In addition to turning over the entire second floor galleries to Tony, the exhibition was accompanied by an interactive CD-ROM catalogue designed by Gradient Labs, featuring film clips; interviews; and an interactive tour of Tony's childhood home.
- Selected one-person exhibitions:
- Museum of Modern Art (Cineprobe Series)
- Whitney Museum
- Pacific Film Archives
- Northwest Film Study Center
- Film In The Cities
- Sinking Creek, Athens
- Festival of Cinema, Figueira da Foz, Portugal
- and 25 other sites including universities and museums
"I focus on my hometown because I am continually challenged to create new ways of seeing it. I want to convey the humor and the quirkiness of people in one community, my community, using cinematic forms that fit the tone, rhythm and texture of their stories." Tony Buba, 1998 Artist of the Year Statement.
About Braddock Films
Since 1974, Braddock Films (a.k.a. Tony Buba) has made over twenty films. First came the dozen black & white short documentaries that make up The Braddock Chronicles - portraits and vignettes of the stubborn signs of life in a dying milltown. Voices from a Steeltown (1983) expanded these small stories around the question "Who killed Braddock?"
|Lightning Over Braddock: A Rustbowl Fantasy (1988), was Tony's first feature, and it established him as an innovator of the "exploded documentary." Lightning won numerous awards, including Best Film at the Birmingham International Film Festival in England and a nomination as best first feature film by the Independent Spirit Awards. It was shown at Sundance, Toronto, Berlin, and over a dozen other film festivals world-wide. In 1994, Tony made an entirely fictional feature film No Pets, based on a short story by the writer Jim Daniels. While a departure in some ways from Braddock, No Pets continued Tony's exploration of the psychological realities of post-industrial working-class life. No Pets was enthusiastically received by audiences at the London and Portugal film festivals.
Tony and co-producer Raymond Henderson premiered Struggles In Steel: A Story of African-American Steelworkers at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival. A documentary of industrial racism, Struggles has as its heart interviews with over 70 African-American workers whose stories have never been told before.
Tony has had one-person exhibitions at more than 100 universities and museums including The Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Carnegie Museum of Art. Tony and Braddock have also been featured on NPR. His awards include fellowships from the NEA, AFI, and the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations and grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.
Over the past four years Braddock Films documented the loss of the Braddock Hospital and the decline of medical care in the Mon-Valley. The result of this documentation has led to a new film released this year (2013), We Are Alive! The Fight to Save Braddock Hospital.
Braddock Films has also produced music videos and award-winning, sponsored films including Small Differences for the Pittsburgh Task Force on Disabilities and Voices Of Our Region for The Disability Connection.